PIEs & the Pizazz in tenancy sustainment and Housing First

Tenancy Sustainment and Housing First - as seen through a PIE lens

In autumn 2021, we co-hosted - with Alex Smith of Housing First England -  several discussions on the working relationship between Housing First and PIEs, with the focus then on community integration.

This discussion began to explore in more depth the suggestion that we can now see Housing First services as one particular application of the PIE approach. It began with a presentation by Robin Johnson on how the PIEs 2 framework had aimed to address all the same issues that HF services too must address.

If so, Robin asks in his presentation (opposite/below), can we then use the Pizazz, the PIEs assessment and service development process, as a way to extend and get below the surface of Housing First principles, to explore more the pragmatism, the variety and creativity in what works?

  • How well - or how far - does PIEs 2.0 really work, to explore and support Housing First practice?
  • How useful is the Pizazz - now widely used to help 'embed' the PIEs approach in other services - in HF?
  • What is the potential for systemic development in the Pizazz's new software counterpart, the PIE Abacus?
  • And what more might we yet need to do, to take this forward, into community of practice sharing, and research?

We propose(d) to explore these issues via a hybrid in-put format.   For full details, email : robin [at] pielink.net


A revised Pizazz Handbook for Housing First and PIEs? 

One current proposal is that we might - together - look at the 'Useful questions' Handbook (HERE) that was originally published with the Pizazz on paper, to see how far we might use this - and any other accompanying advice - to inform and guide the use of the PIEs model in HF.

We are therefore inviting any services interested to explore together, in the PIEs for HF Special Interest Group, how the PIEs approach can infuse general needs housing, and also help develop new community support models, to tackle the risk of isolation.

NB: This also throws up issues in the language we use, not just within services, and in dealing with service users, but with other agencies, and in speaking to the general public. This discussion will continue to evolve, in the 'service-user-friendly language' forum  (HERE).

But if, in the course of these discussions, we do find that it is more helpful to modify the PIEs 2 framework itself and the Pizazz still further, this will be an option.  SIG members will need to be aware of the scope for this, and the limitations need for caution, when we want to integrate with the PIE Abacus, the software version of the Pizazz.  (For more on customising with the PIE Abacus, see: HERE) .



Further background reading/listening/viewing

All forums 

Season Four : HERE

An 'Editorial Board' for the PIElink? : HERE


Other SIGs

Roll out and embedding (for PIE leads) : HERE

PIEs and research : HERE


'Housing First and PIEs - A natural fit?'

(Robin Johnson's presentation at the October 2021 webinar)



Housing First and PIEs - a forum conversation excerpt with John McGlone

PIElink pages on Housing First and PIEs

Housing First and PIEs - how do they work together? : HERE

Is Housing First itself a PIE approach? : HERE

(Balancing) principles and pragmatism in PIEs and HF : HERE

Housing First and PIEs - where parallel lines meet? : HERE

Housing First, PIEs and the Pizazz (Special Interest Group) : HERE

Housing models, Housing First and PIEs in the US and the UK : HERE

Housing First and PIEs in Europe : HERE

Housing First in the 'new world' : HERE


Other related PIElink pages

'Recovery Housing' in the US and the UK : HERE

PIEs, 'scattered site' and 'networked' housing : HERE

Outreach, in-reach and pathways : HERE

A Pizazz for tenancy support ? : HERE



Library items: discussions

(Please note: you will need to be registered and logged in to access items from the members' Library.)

NIMHE on the 'At Home?' study : HERE

Robin Johnson on Public health and social housing: a natural alliance?HERE

Dick on Laban on working with the 'pre-contemplative' stage user:  'Take a chance on me' : HERE

Alex Smith and Ray Middleton on Navigators and 'system change broker's: HERE


Case studies

Leonie Boland on OT in another key - visual methods assisting person-centred home-making : HERE

Jay Levy on A PIE of pathways - the work of REACH : HERE

1011 Lansdowne (Inter-agency eviction avoidance protocol) :  HERE

The Bell Hotel supportive housing project : HERE